Should Collagen Be a Part of Your Supplement Routine?
Collagen is the wonderful abundant proteins found in our bodies. It is located in every muscle, tendon and hair follicle. It holds our bodies together. As we age, the amount of collagen decreases in our body. When collagen decreases, it begins the more obvious process of aging, like when wrinkles appear!
"Collagen is naturally derived from the bones and connective tissue of animals such as fish, chickens, pigs and cows. Traditionally, many cultures obtained high amounts of collagen from their diet which typically included meals such as bone broths and stews. Organic, free range bone broths are still one of the most effective ways to boost your collagen intake and are highly recommended if you have the time to prepare them. For most of us, however, high quality, ethically sourced supplements can sometimes be the best way to keep our body's collagen levels where they should be." 
Collagen can have many health benefits:
1. Collagen improves circulation: collagen improves the flow of blood through the blood vessels, allowing better circulation throughout the body.
2. Reduces cellulite: cellulite is a pain, but collagen can help reduce cellulite by repairing and rebuilding the fibers that contribute to cellulite build up.
3. Reduces signs of aging and wrinkles: because of the properties of collagen, it can help your skin become softer and loosen wrinkles.
So do collagen supplements work?
Marine collagen has become more readily available and many are using this form of collagen to create 'clean' supplements. Marine collagen can be absorbed 1.5 times more effectively than traditional animal based collagen.
According to Prevention, "The science is promising. In one recent study, women who took a collagen supplement daily experienced a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around their eyes after 8 weeks. Other research finds that daily supplementation can ease osteoarthritis-related knee pain (score!), which makes sense, as collagen provides high levels of the amino acids used to build bone and joint tissue."
The question becomes, which supplements and powders are most effective?
Look for supplements that include the following:
- Vitamin C
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Amino Acids
Keep a journal of your internal calendar: how is collagen effecting your overall mood? Observe the physical and emotional changes that occur - you might find your skin has a nice glow or your overall appearance is brighter and more cheerful (your wellness will thank you).